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INTROIT. Dum medium. Wisdom 18.
When all things were in quiet silence and night was in the midst of her swift course, thine almighty Word, O Lord, leaped down from heaven out of thy royal throne. Ps. 93. the Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel: the Lord hath put on his apparel and girded himself with strength. V. Glory be.

¶ Gloria in excelsis is said even if this Mass be resumed after January 1.

Almighty and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to govern us in all our doings in the way of thy good pleasure: that we, faithfully serving thee in the Name of thy well-beloved Son, may worthily abound in all good works. [Who.]

And to commemorate the Octave is said:

ALMIGHTY God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: grant that we, being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit. [through]

[But if the foregoing Collect of Christmas be said for the Sunday Collect, then for the Commemoration of the Octave may be said the Prayer-book Collect for the First Mass of Christmas]

EPISTLE. Galatians 4:1-7

1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abbe, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

GRADUAL. Ps. 45. Thou art fairer than the children of men: full of grace are thy lips. V. My heart is inditing of a good matter, I speak of the things which I have made unto the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 93. The Lord is King and hath put on glorious apparel: the Lord hath put on his apparel and girded himself with strength. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. St. Matthew 1:18-25
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 93. God hath made the round world so sure, that it cannot be moved: ever since the world began hath thy seat, O God, been prepared: thou art from everlasting.

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that these gifts which we offer in the sight of thy divine majesty, may obtain for us grace to serve thee in this life with all godliness, and bring us in the end to everlasting life. Through.

SECRET. Of the Nativity
WE beseech thee, O Lord, that by this new Birth of thy only-begotten Son thou wouldest vouchsafe to sanctify these our oblations: and to cleanse us from the defilements of all our iniquities. Through the same.

PREFACE of Christmas, even if the Mass be resumed after the Octave; and Canon of Christmas except when the Mass is resumed after the Octave.

COMMUNION. St. Matt. 2. Take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

Grant, O Lord, that by the operation of these thy mysteries, we may be cleansed from all our sins, and obtain that which we have asked according to thy will. [Through.]

POSTCOMMUNION. Of the Nativity.
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that like as thy Son, born this day the Saviour of the world, hath been made the author of our heavenly birth; so he may bestow upon us the gift of everlasting life. Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity.




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